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MEDIA ADVISORY: Taking Part: FSM and the Legacy of Social Protest

ATTENTION: Assignment Desks, Weekend Assignments Editors

09 April 2001
Contact: Media Relations
(510) 642-3734


A two-day symposium on the Free Speech Movement called "Taking Part: FSM and the Legacy of Social Protest," which will highlight the student activism that erupted at UC Berkeley in the 1960s and that became a prototype for social protest around the world today.

The free event also will celebrate the completion of the Free Speech Movement Digital Archive and Oral History Project at the UC Berkeley's Bancroft Library.

Other topics to be discussed include reform in education, the "Vietnamization" of the Berkeley campus, language and politics, Freedom Summer, and the New Student Left that emerged during the '60s.


Friday, April 13, through Saturday, April 14, 2001, at UC Berkeley.


See the Free Speech Movement Web site for times and locations.


Nationally recognized scholars and activists, including:

* Robert Moses - Driving force behind the Mississippi Summer Project of 1964, secretary of Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and founder of the Algebra Project, which organizes communities to give equal access to algebra for all middle-school students.

* Bettina Aptheker - A student organizer of the Free Speech Movement at UC Berkeley in 1964, an author, historian and feminist who now is professor of women's studies at UC Santa Cruz.

* Charles Muscatine - Emeritus professor of English at UC Berkeley who worked with faculty members to bring peace to the campus during the '60s. He chaired the group that wrote the "Muscatine Report" about UC Berkeley education post-Free Speech Movement.

* Jack Weinberg - He coined the phrase, "Don't trust anyone over 30" and was arrested during a Sproul Plaza protest that drew 7,000 people.

* Richard Delgado - Author of "When Equality Ends: Stories of Race and Resistance" and Jean Lindsley professor of law at the University of Colorado Law School.

* Nadine Strossen - Author of "Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex, and the Fight for Women's Rights," president of the American Civil Liberties Union and professor of law at New York Law School.


Call (510) 642-3782 for symposium reservations. An exhibit of posters and other historic material about the Free Speech Movement will be displayed at the Bernice Layne Brown Galleries.